Neck pain is one of the more common musculoskeletal disorders in the adult population worldwide. More than 30% of adults in the United States have or will experience neck pain. If not treated, nearly 50% of individuals will continue to experience some degree of chronic neck pain; many will have frequent occurrences. To help prevent or treat neck pain, seek chiropractic care.
Activities affecting cervical (neck) biomechanics include extended sitting times, repetitive movements, accidents, falls, hits to the body or head, and wear and tear over time. Neck pain can range in severity from very mild to severe to debilitating. Some mild cases of neck pain are temporary, and will typically resolve on their own. In more extreme cases, people find they have a reduced range of motion and difficulty performing day-to-day activities.
Neck pain can be located over a broad area and is often described as dull, achy, or general stiffness. Some people report sharp pain in a specific location.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Neck Pain
Why Chiropractic Care First?
Doctors of chiropractic specialize in musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain and back pain. A chiropractor will assess the spine and neck to find any areas where there is restricted motion. Using specific chiropractic adjustments and sometimes other noninvasive techniques, chiropractors can restore proper spinal alignment, which reduces inflammation and improves range of motion.
Following chiropractic care, patients typically notice a reduction in neck pain. Remember this: Like other joints in your body, your neck joints tend to wear down with age.
Osteoarthritis, for example, causes the cushions (cartilage) between spinal vertebrae to deteriorate. Your body then forms bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain. Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord, leading to nerve compression. Rear-end auto collisions are known to result in a whiplash injury, which happens when the head jerks backward and then forward, straining the soft tissues of the neck.
Specific diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, and cancer, may also cause neck pain.
How You Can Prevent Neck Pain
CUKC Chiropractic Health Center
Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC), founded in 1922, is a private, nonprofit, chiropractic, and health science-focused university in Overland Park, Kansas. The CUKC on-campus Chiropractic Health Center is open to the public and treats patients from Kansas City’s 15-county metro area. Our goal is to provide care and solutions for a better, more productive life for our patients.